Stars surge past Jets 6-4

Tyler Seguin was relieved he and Dallas Stars teammate Jamie

Benn finally had something good in common on Saturday


The pair ended pointless droughts when they each scored two

goals in a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets that halted a

two-game losing skid for the Stars.

”I feel like I got my monkey off my back with him getting a

couple,” said Seguin, who also had a pair of assists.

”It’s nice to see. Sometimes things just aren’t going in, but

he made some great shots tonight and stepped out at the right


Seguin and Benn had been held pointless in their two previous

games – losses to Nashville and Chicago – but Benn hadn’t scored a

goal since Nov. 14.

Benn scored his eighth goal of the season at 13:46 of the second

period to give the Stars a 3-2 lead.

Sergei Gonchar had a career-high four assists. Rookie Valeri

Nichushkin scored a goal. Center Colton Sceviour got his first NHL

goal in his first game this season for the Stars, who only have

four wins in their past 10 games.

Kari Lehtonen, playing his 200th game for the Stars and 404th

career NHL game, stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced.

Blake Wheeler had a pair of goals, Matt Halischuk also scored

and Olli Jokinen added a goal and assist for Winnipeg, which is

winless in its past six home games.

Their previous victory at MTS Centre was Nov. 15 in a 3-2

shootout against Philadelphia.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was replaced by Al Montoya to start

the third period. Pavelec stopped 19 of the 24 shots he faced.

Montoya made seven saves on eight shots.

Going into the game, Winnipeg, Dallas and Nashville were tied

with 33 points at the bottom of the Central Division. However,

Winnipeg has played three more games than Dallas and one more than

the Predators, who host San Jose Saturday night.

Winnipeg is 3-11-3 against division opponents. Dallas’s mark is


The Stars led 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 after the

second on late power-play goals by Benn and Seguin one minute and

three seconds apart. The goals were scored while Jets winger

Anthony Peluso was off for a boarding major and a game


Peluso had hit defenseman Alex Goligoski into the boards.

Goligoski left the ice with a towel against his right eye, but

returned to the game.

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff was not impressed with the hit.

”I thought the Peluso hit was a joke,” Ruff said.

”For a guy that plays that amount of time and runs a guy like

Goligoski from behind. What does he play, three, four minutes a

game? And he’s going to run Goligoski from behind? Go run one of

our bigger guys.

”It was gutsy (of Goligoski) to come back. I mean, (he) cut him

open. These are the hits we want to get rid of. I mean, let’s get


Jets coach Claude Noel didn’t have much to say about Peluso’s


”Anytime you take a five-minute major, it’s never a good

situation,” Noel said. ”It put us in a tough situation,

especially (when) they scored two goals in there.”

He also pointed to two bad line changes his team made that led

to Seguin and Nichushkin being able to go in alone and score on


Basically, his team didn’t play ”intelligent,” Noel said.

Wheeler’s goals tied the game 2-2 and 3-3, but his frustration

spilled out after the loss.

”What I say doesn’t matter. It’s what you do out on the ice,”

Wheeler said. ”You can blow smoke as much as you want in the

media. We’ve been blowing smoke for three years, everyone,


”Everyone that’s stood in front of the microphone the last

three years, they’ve said the same (stuff). What do you want me to

say? That’s about it. I don’t know what else to say.”

But he did elaborate when asked where the game turned.

”In the first period, we were terrible and that’s

inexcusable,” Wheeler said.

And even though they fought back and were down 5-3 heading into

the third, the Jets gave up 2-on-1 and breakaways, he said.

”It’s embarrassing,” Wheeler said. ”It’s just no respect for

each other. (Montoya) goes in there, he’s cold, and that’s what we


”It’s like, you just can’t believe it.”

Jokinen finished the scoring at 18:19 when he got a stick on a

rebound in traffic in front of the net.

Notes: Wheeler has six goals in his past six games. … Winnipeg

forward Evander Kane missed his sixth straight game with an

undisclosed lower-body injury, although he practiced with the team

for the first time on Friday. … Winnipeg heads out for a two-game

road trip against Columbus on Monday and Buffalo on Tuesday. …

Dallas ends its three-game road trip against Colorado on